Crickley Hall is an unusually large house on the outskirts of the village at the bottom of Devil's Cleave, a massive tree-lined gorge, the stuff of local legend. A river flows past the front garden. It's perfect for them, if a bit gloomy. And Chester, their dog, seems really spooked at being away from home. And old houses do make sounds. And it's constantly cold. And even though they shut the cellar door every night, it's always open again in morning.
The Secret of Crickley Hall is James Herbert's finest novel to date. It explores the darker, more obtuse territories of evil and the supernatural. With brooding menace and rising tension, he masterfully and relentlessly draws the listener through to the ultimate revelation: one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside.
©2002 James Herbert; (P)2002 Macmillan Publishers Ltd
I love this book! I when first read The Secret of Crickley Hall, I thought it was one of James Herbert's best stories. I was hoping the Audible would get Herbert audio books to download. When I saw this was available & the narrator was Steven Pacey I new this audio book would be fantastic, & it was! The only disappointment was that it is abridged.
Really enjoyed this book and I love Stephen Paceys narration
Added bonus was an interview with James Herbert at the end who seems to be a rather decent fellow
WOW is the first word that springs to mind when asked what I thought of this one, The Secret of Crickley Hall is one of the most chilling books I've listened to in a long while, I definitely should not have tried listening to it in the middle of the night in the dark that's for sure as I was suddenly aware of every single little sound inside my own house which totally freaked me out for a bit. Brilliantly written, James Herbert at his absolute best, this one is a definite must for all haunting or after life fans. Steven Pacey does a fantastic job as always bringing the characters and story line to life, the range of voices are incredible. A definite five starts well worth the download and listen, only one thing its a real shame it was an abridged version and not the unabridged one.
James Herbert never seems to disappoint this is a fantastic story and very chilling you are hooked a great ending too i enjoyed every minute if you like spooky stories this is for you
I have read many James Herbert's but had not heard of the Secret of Crickley Hall before. I actually picked it because of the title, sounding so very un horror like. I wasn't disappointed.
OK it is the scariest book out there and nor do I think it is JH's best work but I enjoyed it. The pace was good and overall the plot was quite satisfying. The characters were slightly obvious but I warmed to them and I found myself talking to them during the story which is generally a good sign that I am pretty engrossed.
The narration was good, the quality and pace were fine. I liked it and this one has inspired me to select another JH from the pile.
Good to VERY good!
When the children were taken away from the place near the end, very moving!
Made the book more compelling! Saw the tv series a few years ago and it was OK but Steven's narration brought the sheer creepy shock
horror of what the children went through at the hands of their "guardians" to the full! You actually FEEL you're in that hall at times, EEK!!
Even though it is a work of fiction, the shock of what Augustus and his sister did to those kids in their "care" stays with one, I suspect, FOREVER!! :(
I might, but I'm not in a hurry to do so.
Making the characters a bit less one-dimensional and more relatable might have improved this book a lot.
He does a very good job narrating the book.
This is a traditional haunted house story, and it may have seemed original when it was first published, but listening to it today it appears rather clichéd and predictable. That being said, some of the scenes are quite chilling, so I would still recommend this to friends of old-fashioned horror stories.
I really enjoyed this book! If you like spooky atmospheric stories then you will enjoy this book. I am new to James Herbert but have found the stories very enjoyable - a good all round yarn!
A good, original story although The Secret of Crickley Hall isn't the best James Herbert book I've ever read. I get the jitters pretty easily, especially when I'm alone in the house, but even I managed to listen to this whilst alone. I would class this as an 'easy read' thriller.
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